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Sandy McKnight

W/ Fernando Perdomo - San Fernando Blitz

Review by Gary Hill

This short EP contains some effective music. There is a real mainstream pop rock vibe to all of it, but there is a decent range within that heading. All in all, I like everything here, but there are some songs that stand taller than others.

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Track by Track Review
Living On The West Side
There is such a great up-tempo, cheery pop rock vibe to this number. It has a real 70s rock sound to it.
C'mon C'mon C'mon

This makes me think of the Chicago area band Off Broadway quite a bit. I'm a big fan of their brand of power-pop, so that's a good thing coming from me.

Melody Anne

An acoustic guitar based tune, this feels a bit like America as it starts. Once it turns to a more rock-based (but still not hard-edged) arrangement, I again think of Off Broadway. This is another fun pop rock number.

Pay It Any Mind

There is a bit of a psychedelic edge to this cut. It is overall another mainstream prop rocker, but it's an interesting secondary angle or flavor.

Why Make Promises

I can hear some Beatles influences on this number. The organ is a nice touch, and I really like the hooks on the tune. This is one of the highlights of the set. It's every bit as catchy as the rest, but perhaps a little meatier.

Seven Words

The keyboards on this bring a bit of an 80s thing, while the song makes me think of Elvis Costello. It's another effective number on a disc with no shortage of such things.

 
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